Tastes Just Like Apple Pie Bars

 If you love apple pie but not the time commitment and work it takes to make a homemade apple pie, then these bars are for you. So much easier to prepare and every bit as delicious.

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I have really been into glazing everything lately and these bars are no exception. It makes everything so much better ;).

When I was in the process of making this recipe, I couldn’t help but think of the new season that’s right around the corner. Don’t get me wrong, I am not ready to bid adieu to summer just yet, but these bars are a slight nod as to what’s ahead.

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Lovely aromas, flavors that will leave you feeling cuddly and warm inside, and everything autumn has to offer is about to take over the food world. Some of my fellow bloggers have already started to whip up a couple of amazing fall-inspired treats, which is getting me more and more excited about all things cozy and comfortable.

But I am not quite ready to welcome said season and am intend on enjoying every last day we have left of summer, which probably comes as a shock to no one.

So Apple Pie Bars it is. Always scrumptious, always a winner, no matter the season.

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Besides cookies, my hubby’s go-to dessert is apple pie. As I’m typing this, he is getting ready for his big Fantasy Football Draft weekend, which is taking place next weekend. It’s such a big deal that it requires a whole lot of planning, apparently. All the guys get to spend 72 hours at a lodge and doing whatever it is that men do.

Eating is a huge part of it. And guess what I “volunteered” to make? Enough Apple Pie to feed 15 hungry men. I’ll definitely have to share my apple pie recipe in the near future, but for now, these bars have captured my heart.

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And given the reviews I received for these bars, I might have convinced my hubby to go for these bars instead of his beloved pie, which is a huge deal!

Claiming that these bars taste exactly like apple pie is not something I say lightly. There’s at least one member in my family who wouldn’t let me make such a promise without merit.

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Mmmmmm – I wish I could send all of you a couple of bars. They are insanely delish!

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Make them – you know you want to :). Happy Friday!

Tastes Just Like Apple Pie Bars
Yields 12
The name says it all. These bars taste just like your favorite apple pie and are a cinch to prepare. Don't wait another second to dig in!
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For the Crust and Crumble
  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
For the Filling
  1. 3 medium apples (I used Fuji), peeled and cut into slices
  2. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, more for dusting
For the Glaze
  1. 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons milk
  3. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Spray and 8-x-8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 1. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Using a pastry cutter (or your hands), cut in butter until you have small crumbles. Set aside.
  3. 2. In another bowl, prepare the filling. Mix together sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Toss sliced apples in the mixture and coat evenly.
  4. 3. Press about 2/3 of the crumble mixture into the prepared baking pan. Spread apple slices evenly over the crust and top with remaining crumble mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  5. 4. When bars have almost finished cooling, mix together all the ingredients for the glaze until smooth. Drizzle over the bars and let set for 5 minutes before cutting in individual bars. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Bars will keep up to 5 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge or up to 4 weeks in the freezer.
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  1. These bars are gorgeous, Kathi! Almost too pretty to eat…almost! 🙂 I love that this is an easier version of apple pie. And my husband loves apple pie too, so this is right up his alley. Pinned!

  2. I’ll take apple pie any way I can get it! Love the idea of transforming it into a bar form!

  3. Yum yum yum! This is making me really excited for some fall baking. I’m all over any bar that tastes like pie…less work!

  4. Kathi, you’ve so got me craving apple pie (in bar form) now. Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts – I can’t wait to make these bars!

  5. Love apple pie and these bars are such a great way to enjoy them without the hassle of making a pie dough. They look incredible and that glaze is just awesome!

  6. Even though I don’t want ot say goodbye to summer yet, I’m also looking forward to fall baking. And these apple pie bars look delicious!

  7. I adore apple pies! But I especially love bars and how forgiving they are. Putting apple pie into bar form is so smart! And perfect for fall, when everything gets time crunched. Lovely recipe Kathi!

  8. I love where you went with these bars. I mean, pie is SO much easier to eat in bar form. 🙂 I can see why these are a hit. I bet your hubby’s friends will devour these in no time!

    I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, but I tell you all things apple and pumpkin are calling my name!

  9. NO WORDS can describe how incredibly DELICIOUS these look!!! WOW _ I cannot stop licking my lips!

  10. YUM! I am so excited for the fall flavors this year, and these bars look awesome!

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